Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University, leads a discussion with Karin Coonrod, director of Compagnia de’ Colombari’s production of The Merchant of Venice, and Alessandro Cassin, Deputy Director of Centro Primo Levi in New York, on otherness, immigration, and religion. Presented in collaboration with the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies.
Teresa Fiore is the Theresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. She is the author of Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy’s Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies (Fordham UP, 2017) and the editor of the 2006 issue of Quaderni del ‘900 on John Fante. Her numerous articles on Italian American culture, migration to and from Italy, Sicilian culture, and 20th-century Italian literature and cinema have appeared in Italian, English and Spanish in both journals and edited collections. She coordinates a regular program of cultural events and educational initiatives on campus, through which she has also presented performances, workshops and talks linked to Italian theater: montclair.edu/inserra
Karin Coonrod is a theater artist whose work has been seen and heard across the US and around the world. Hailed by The New York Times as “prodigiously inventive” and “galvanic” and by The New York Observer for “clear-eyed imaginative intelligence,” Coonrod’s most recent works include her own play, texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC and at BAM/Next Wave Festival (2015), Shakespeare’s The Tempest at La MaMa Theatre in New York City (2014); Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Palazzo Simoncelli in Orvieto, Italy (2014); Gertrude Stein’s The world is round is round is round in upstate New York (2013); and Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Public Theater (2011). She is founding director of the acclaimed Arden Party Theater Company in downtown New York City 1987-1997 (during which time she won an Encore Award for her direction of the American premiere of Roger Vitrac’s Victor or Children Take Over). She is also founding director of Compagnia de’ Colombari and is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.